[pruh-vizh-uh-nl] /prəˈvɪʒ ə nl/
adjective, Also, provisionary
[pruh-vizh-uh-ner-ee] /prəˈvɪʒ əˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA), (for defs 1, 2).
or serving for the time being only; existing only until permanently or properly replaced; temporary:
a provisional government.
accepted or adopted tentatively; conditional; probationary.
(usually initial capital letter) of or being the wing of the Irish Republican Army that follows a policy of violence.
Philately. a stamp that serves temporarily, pending the appearance of the regular issue, or during a temporary shortage of the regular stamps.
a provisional member of a group.
(usually initial capital letter) a member of the Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army.
subject to later alteration; temporary or conditional: a provisional decision
a postage stamp surcharged during an emergency to alter the stamp’s denomination or significance until a new or regular issue is printed
of, designating, or relating to the unofficial factions of the IRA and Sinn Féin that became increasingly dominant following a split in 1969. The Provisional movement remained committed to a policy of terrorism until its ceasefires of the mid-1990s
Also called Provo. a member of the Provisional IRA or Sinn Féin
“as a temporary arrangement for the present,” c.1600, from provision (n.) + -al (1), or else from Middle French provisionnal (15c.), from Old French provision. The notion is of something that will “provide for present needs.” Related: Provisionally.
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[puhb-lik] /ˈpʌb lɪk/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or affecting a population or a community as a whole: public funds; a public nuisance. 2. done, made, acting, etc., for the community as a whole: public prosecution. 3. open to all persons: a public meeting. 4. of, relating to, or being in the service of a […]
[pyoo-ni-tiv] /ˈpyu nɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment: punitive laws; punitive action. /ˈpjuːnɪtɪv/ adjective 1. relating to, involving, or with the intention of inflicting punishment: a punitive expedition adj. 1620s, “inflicting or involving punishment,” from French punitif (16c.) or directly from Medieval Latin punitivus, from Latin punitus, past participle of […]
[pyoo r-uh-luh nt, pyoo r-yuh-] /ˈpyʊər ə lənt, ˈpyʊər yə-/ adjective 1. full of, containing, forming, or discharging pus; suppurating: a purulent sore. 2. attended with suppuration: purulent appendicitis. 3. of the nature of or like pus: purulent matter. /ˈpjʊərʊlənt/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or containing pus adj. early 15c., from Middle French purulent […]